It’s Shell Week here at Stuffy Muffy, a play on the cult classic Shark Week with a slightly more sophisticated take on oceanic wonders. From ancient seashell mosaics to Mid-Century Grotto style furniture, the mollusk has been mesmerizing aesthetics enthusiasts for millennia. Conchylomania, known as madness for collecting coquillages, remains as fervent today as it was in primitive history.
A handpicked list of sophisticated selections for every space.
If you’re after the designer look but aren’t currently working with a decorator, where is the best place to source custom pieces? I happen to think the answer lies within all the clever creators and purveyors offering their wares on Etsy. From fabric to hardware, the world is your oyster! There is some digging to be done as one can wind up in a sea of “gather” signs and doilies but fear not, I’ve stumbled upon some diamonds in the rough that I’m delighted to share below.
Meet my favorite hors d’oeuvre of all time, the cheese ball. An elegant take on the traditional sphere of fromage, plucked from the pages of a 1970s cookbook (perhaps Junior League or maybe a Southern Living volume) of my mother’s. She has been making this to mark holidays and any celebratory event since before I was born and when I reminisce on a soirée, I can almost taste the Roquefort. The best part is that it is such a simple recipe and a certified crowd pleaser.
I’m a self-professed less is more kind of gal when it comes to consumerism. My closet isn’t overflowing and the stream of Amazon packages are kept to a fair minimum. What does give me a swipe-of-the-plastic thrill is splurging on delicious foods and beautiful tabletop. I never feel guilty about collecting more cocktail napkins or glassware because they always fit (much more forgiving than, say, bikinis) and I’ll use them year after year.